Pivot to Asia: Can it Serve as the Foundation for American Grand Strategy in the 21st Century?   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the foreword: "This monograph is an audit of the policies pursued by the Obama Administration in support of the so-called 'pivot to Asia.' After explaining why U.S. President Barack Obama chose to accord top priority to the Indo-Asia-Pacific (IAP) region, Dr. Douglas T. Stuart discusses the diplomatic, information, military, and economic instruments of power, which were available to Washington to accomplish its goals. Dr. Stuart notes that the United States faced some unique problems in its efforts to rely upon diplomacy, public information, and economics to gain influence in the region. Under these circumstances, Washington drew upon its substantial regional military presence as the foundation for its pivot campaign. Dr. Stuart discusses both the strengths and weaknesses of the so-called San Francisco network of U.S.-sponsored security relationships with key regional governments. He notes that the Obama Administration has had to adapt its policies to the specific interests and concerns of each regional actor, with varying degrees of success. He accords special attention to the security concerns of Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and India."

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